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of miyagi prefecture as well. some towns in japan are running out of coffins and body bags. one town was completely flattened, among the dead people who could not get out of their hospital beds. 1700 residents still missing. but in the middle of all of this destruction, an amazing rescue. an elderly man alive. he was found alive and he survived three days under rubble in miyagi, japan. rescuers scaried him out today. msnbc's chris jansing has made her way to tokyo, there live for us. chris, what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, i have to tell you, when you see that video of the one man being rescued you see there are a few glimmers of hope here. but they are indeed few and far between. the scenes have been absolutely unrelenting devastation. 1,000 bodies, as you said, washing up on one shoreline. they had been washed into the sea bi-the huge waves of the tsunami and are now coming back up. and in town after town after town in the northeast we are seeing millions of people who are about to spend their fourth night, it's 11:00 p.m. here in japan, without heat, without electricity, an
for fitting us in. >>> and more on the disaster in japan straight ahead on "the daily rundown" with chuck and savannah, right now. >>> overnight, japan is reeling after the largest earthquake in its recorded history. it now pushes a tsunami across its shores and reports of several hundred are killed as the water sweeps away ships, vehicles, buildings, sparking fires, devastating coastal communities, and even threatening some nuclear plants over there. meanwhile, on this side of the pacific, waves are blanketing things, it's hitting hawaii this past hour and the west coast is now bracing for an impact later this morning. we have live reports. and we're going to hear from fema director right here ondale rundo daily rundown. >> let's get to the rundown. we will start with the breaking news out of japan. a catastrophic 8.9 earthquake in japan today. the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history. the latest death poll, the ap is reporting japanese police saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the northeastern coastal area. the quake sent tsunami waves barreling across the pacific, co
'lin sana'a. rick: the president addressing the japan crisis during a news conference. >> i want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether iting the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. rick: officials in japan are calling it a race against time. we have video for you of water being dropped into the overheating reactors at the fukushima plant. this is something that has not proven successful in the past. japan is raising the severity of the situation from a 4 to a 5. the government is acknowledging that it was overwhelmed and continues to be overwhelmed by the situation. gavin blair is on the phone from japan. i understand you are traveling to sendai, which is one of the areas hardest hit by this catastrophy. >> reporter: we just popped through the u.s. exclusion zone or the japanese he can collusion zone. it has been reclassified up to a 5. the chopper missions to drop water has had minimal effect on cool the plant. they tried hosing the plant with fire engines. but apparently the fire truck hoses couldn't
up right after this. see you. tuesday. disaster in japan. another explosion in fukushima. radiation from the blast reportedly blowing offshore. then a nuclear watchdog group upgrading the severity of the situation a 6 on a 7-point scale. chernobyl was a 7. 3 mile island was a 5. we are somewhere in between both of those in a moment. alisyn: the situation seem to be getting more dangerous. all four reacto rereacross -- as seem to be affected. listen to the prime minister. >> the radiation level is high and there is a high chance of further radiation from here on. anyone within a 20-mile range of fukushima needs to evacuate. i understand most people did. and we urge people within a 20-30 mile range to stay indoo indoors. bill: this is the plant in question. there are four different reactors that are of concern. here is number one, here is number two, number 3 and number 4. all of these reactors on the picture you see now. this is how they were intact before the earthquake happened and the tsunami wiped them out. here is where we are now. saturday you reactor number one you had an expl
'm bill hemmer. welcome back, alisyn. alisyn: i'mal lynn cam rata in for martha. >> northern japan was hit by a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake. i feel deep in my heart as i see the conditions in the affected area. i'm concerned about the nuclear situation because it's unpredictable. with the help of those involved i hope things will not get worse. bill report emperor is in his as it and he's rarely seen on television. show you where we are right now. northeast of tokyo, 200 miles, the fukushima plant in an animation we put together to show you what's happening on the inside as it runs north to the south. you will see the four reactors at this plants in question. there were 6 reactors under consideration but for sake of this purpose we'll show you reactor number 1, 3, and 4. 1, 2, 3 were online when the quake and same rolled through. number 4 was offline. about it was rolling with spent nuclear fuel. then we can show you where we are today. that's what they looked like 7 days ago. on this map here, this was taken two days ago. the four reactors are on the screen. this is number 4, and num
, good night, america. captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> bret: japan deals with environmental crisis following the earthquake and tsunami. will potential nuclear disaster there affect growing reliance for energy over here? and republican leaders try to keep the members in line long enough to avoid a government shutdown. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." i'm bret baier. japan is coping with multiple disasters tonight. the japanese prime minister says if the catastrophe unseen since the end of world war ii. millions of people have little or no food, water, or heat in the freezing temperatures. following friday's earthquake and tsunami. nearly 1900 are confirmed dead but estimates for a final tally run much higher, with thousands more missing. explosions and exposed fuel rods at nuclear facilities heightened fear of full-scale meltdown. correspondent adam housley is in japan tonight. >> fears of a worst case scenario grip a nation that's shaken and battered from friday's 9.0 earthquake, subsequent tsunami and continual aftershocks. n
in japan. this is new video of when the powerful tsunami hit. watch this. a tsunami wave swallowing up this town. water rushing over homes, sending them splintering into pieces. over on top of their buildings. homes ripped from their foundation sending down a river of destruction. that's awesome in its powerfulness to watch. fears of a nuclear meltdown after this explosion rocked the fukushima nuclear plants. they continue yet again today. good morning. good to have you along with us. welcome, allison. >> the images out of japan are jaw dropping. this is a buddhist temple rocking back and forth from the sheer jolt of the quake. rescue and relief efforts are now underway. millions of people are left without food, water and electricity for days. japanese officials near thousands of people may be dead. bill: we have julian from sendai in northern japan where the tsunami came onshore near this nuclear power plants. what's the latest from there? >> i have been down by the sendai airport watching the japanese military collecting body parts from the paddy fields around the airport. the power
could lead to the comeback of the u.s. labor movement. we start with the earthquake in japan. an nbc news producer based in tokyo. i've been watching your coverage. i've been watching what you had to say about this and all i can tell you, i do see a lot of disaster movies. this looked real and very scary. what was it like? >> reporter: this happened 180 miles authority of tokyo. we felt it all the way down here in tokyo. it was so bad that i couldn't stand. you had to sort of crowd a little bit to not fall down. >> i just saw a picture. a picture looking through the windshield of a car, apparently on the streets up there. you know, i remember being through a very mild earthquake in northern california and if you're in a car you don't even feel it. i'm watching that car rocking and rolling, even in a car with shocks and tires you can see the action. you were watching -- tell me what you were doing, what you're going to remember when you tell your grandkids about today and yesterday. >> well, you know, obviously the pictures that have come through the aerial pictures of the tsunami i t
's happening in japan. >> thank you, mr. president. i have two question. on the tragedy in japan. so you already touched on the issue in your opening statement but i'd like to ask about your personal feeling on the situation. you went to japan last year. now, tsunami hit coast of japan and waves washed away cars and houses and japanese people are devastated. i just want to ask about your personal thoughts and feelings on that. and secondly, you also touched on assistance from the united states to japan. and japanese government said that the japan asked for help from u.s. forces in japan. are you willing to provide those assistance? >> the answer to your second question is, yes. i told prime minister kan we'll provide whatever assistance they need. my understanding is the main assistance to provide them is lift capacity. the ability for us to i think help in the cleanup. obviously, when you have a tsunami like this, as well as an earthquake, you have huge disruptions both in the infrastructure. you have boats and houses and cars that are washed in to main thoroughfares and any assistance
with us. more politics ahead with ce cenk uyger. >>> good evening. in a moment we'll go live to japan to cover the historic disaster there. but also on tonight's show, president obama hits back hard at republicans who are trying to blame him for rising gas prices. who's right and who's wrong? we actually have the proof. and we'll expose the republicans' war on education around the country with former pennsylvania governor ed rendell. but we begin with a powerful earthquake that struck northeastern japan. we're just getting the first live pictures of damage in the daylight in japan. you're seeing it right there. request y-- you see people hanging out on the roof there. lower ground is dangerous, higher ground is safer. you see whole sections of town cities, buildings, et cetera, devastated. and the earthquake was an 8.9 magnitude quake and it struck near the coastal city of sendai overnight. it's the largest ever recorded in japan. sky scrapers started shaking and people went running for their lyes. witnesses say the reverberations were so powerful and prolonged they got motion sicknes
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. a massive military relief and recovery operation is under way in japan this morning, after that 8.9 magnitude earthquake that devastated the island. >>> an explosion at a nuclear power plant has raised fears of a meltdown. hundreds are dead, and that number will most certainly rise. we have full coverage "early" this saturday morning, march 12th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> video from less than 30 hours ago in japan, devastating earthquake, 8.9 magnitude. at this hour the official death toll almost 600. and there are other big problems looming this morning. welcome to "the early show" on this saturday morning, i'm russ mitchell. >> and i'm rebecca jarvis. we will continue to follow this story as it develops throughout the morning. >> let's get right to the earthquake in japan of course. the quake is the fifth largest in recorded history. it was followed by a 23-foot high tsunami. the official death count is 574 dead. the number expected to rise considerably. almost 600 are still missing. there have been more than 125
alert. t the disaster in japan keeps getting worse. japanese officials confirm that a meltdown could be occurring and we will have the latest. >> dave: this as the death toll is rising, the number of people killed could top a staggering 10,000 in one state alone. >> clayton: take a look at this, satellite image showing what a city in japan looked like before and then after the tsunami. stunning images show how powerful the natural disaster really was. "fox & friends," hour two, starts right now. . >> dave: for many of you it's hour number one, those of you that didn't spring forward and get the clocks reset. it is hour number two. >> clayton: and a lot happening. the nuclear explosion in one of the plants was-- the word from the government that the plant is on the verge of a meltdown. >> alisyn: hard to know. what's the late s, david. >> reporter: there's a warning from the government that there could be an explosion at the plant, there's been a build up of hydrogen, different from the one yesterday and warning that there could have been already a partial meltdown of one of the unit
>>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," president obama promising full support to japan as it tries to avert nuclear disaster and cope with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in wake of friday's deadly quake. this hour, can a nuclear meltdown be avoided? engineers are more troubled today than ever about that crippled nuclear react or. we talk with congressman ed markey sounding the alarm for stricter safeguards. >>> experts say the big one is coming to california. are the officials there ready. >>> in libya gadhafi forces expand strikes against rebels on the front. secretary of state hillary clinton arrives in paris to talk with european counterparts about imposing a no-fly zone. >>> labor fight. is the challenge over bargaining rights about to head to court? >>> i'm norah o'donnell live in washington. andrea is on assignment. we begin in japan where the humanitarian disaster is compounded by the potential for a nuclear nightmare. 250,000 doses of iodine are being distributed to evacuees as a defense to radiation. it follows explosions at two nuclear reactors, a third is
>> jamie: at this hour we are getting word from japan there could be a third nuclear plant in trouble there. sources are saying that the american committee in japan is reporting update that the plan may have similar plants to explosion from yesterday, partial meltdown. keep it on fox. we'll send it to washington now have a good day. >> shannon: i'm shannon bream live in washington. we begin america's news headquarters with the fox news alert. japan is reeling from what he is calling the worst crisis since world war ii. the threat of nuclear disaster is growing as they try to avert multiple meltdown in nuclear reactors. thousands are dead from the earthquake and the tsunami it caused and more than a million people are without food, clean water and electricity. we have team coverage from the epicenter of thedy sast to the u.s. greg, what is the latest? >> a cold dark night here in the fishing village and the folks probably went to bed thinking of what the prime minister had to say. he told them it would take determination to get them through this. just up the coast, the nucle
and worsening nuclear crisis in japan. another explosion rocked the fukushima nuclear power plant that is about 170 miles north of tokyo. and it is now feared a third reactor will explode. officials say fuel rods appear to be melting right now in all three troubled reactors. all of this, of course, raising concerns more radiation will be released. the u.s. military moves some of its fleet further from japan's shore after some of the uss ronald reagan carrier group were exposed to a cloud of low-level radiation, this as authorities try to cope with the disaster. officials say another 1,000 bodies washed up today along japan's earthquake and tsunami ravaged northeast coast. so far 2,800 people confirmed dead. but as you well know by now, the final death toll is expected to increase to as many as possibly 10,000 the people. chris jansing joins us live from tokyo regarding the nuclear crisis. at the top of the hour i pointed out a japanese official is saying we are likely seeing melting at the plant that's been so much focused on. >> reporter: what we've had is for a second time a fuel rod explode
on the mounting nuclear crisis in japan, authorizing the first evacuations of american government employees out of the country. in addition, the state department is warning all u.s. citizens to consider leaving japan. the unpredictable weather conditions risks spreading radioactive material. that move comes as japanese crews and military helicopters brave radiation to dump sea water on to the stricken fukushima complex. the tactics are an attempt to cool overheated radium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation. meanwhile, plant operators say they're racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis. still, the top u.s. nuclear regulatory official is warning american citizens within 50 miles of the complex to leave the area or at least remain indoors. testifying on capitol hill yesterday that the situation is "very serious." >> we believe that there is no water in the spent fuel pool known as number four. i would say that it is my great hope that the information that we have is not accurate. i would hope for the sake of everyone that th
from the people of japan? the special comment coming up. >>> it's hard to believe, but with each passing hour the situation in japan is becoming more dire and dangerous. and today, this. another explosion rips through a nuclear containment building and this, the safety system at a third nuclear reactor within the stricken fukushima plant breaking down. the reactor's fuel rods exposed for more than two hours. and officials seem unable to determine just how much water remains, as they seek to prevent a full-scale meltdown. beyond the dangers surrounding nuclear plant, there's widespread suffering from sendai to tokyo. millions are facing a mull tide of challenge. officials struggling to balance rescue efforts to reach survivors, distribute aid and bury the dead. a thousand bodies washed ashore in the last few hours. search and rescue teams from some 13 countries have now converged on what will be a lengthy and complex operation. frantically working to find any survivors from the upgraded 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. in all, nearly 10,000 people have been rescued, while ten
: i'm heather childers. rescue workers in japan facing continuous aftershocks and latest on the search for survivors. >> gregg: total door entangling, the death toll rising in the new york bus crash. the search for the person that may be responsible. >> heather: and rebels in libya losing ground because muammar khadafy's forces are surrounding the rebels. how involved should the u.s. get? >> gregg: new details now on a major nuclear scare in japan. japanese officials say radioactivity levels very close to the nuclear plant have gone down in the last several hours. this plant facing a potentially disastrous meltdown after an explosion this morning. take a look at these incredible pictures, clouds of smoke rising from up the reactor area. safety officials are scrambling to contain the damage and evacuating 140,000 people in a 12-mile perimeter. adam housley is streaming live with the latest north of tokyo? >> we're about 20 miles from where we were earlier this morning, 70 miles north and to the eat of tokyo, halfway to where the reactors are. the location we are at southern end of where
for help finding her sister who is a former english teacher in japan who returned to that country the day of the quake. ann found her and helped her reach her sister. >> do you have my sister? >> i have your sister. here she is. >> she is on the phone. are you okay? >> hi. >> are you okay? >> yeah. i'm totally okay. >> let's go right to tokyo now and msnbc's ciz jansing is there live. what's the primary concern now for people across the country? >> reporter: well, i think it's threefold. you have a humanitarian. you have an economic and you have an escalating nuclear crisis. there is nothing simple about what's happening here. and it is affecting not just that northeastern coastal area but really the entire country in a very profound way. now, let's start with the humanitarian crisis. you've been showing those pictures. they are absolutely heartbreaking, devastating. the one town that you showed in miyagi province where as many as a thousand people we heard earlier today washed up on the shore that had been bodies carried away in the tsunami. now officials there are saying they may have a
unbelievable stories of survival. those are coming out of japan. we'll share them with you. >>> plus, what do you do if you share the house speaker's trademarked orange glow? if you're like this guy, you become a john boehner impersonator and hope you can learn to cry on cue. more coming up later. >>> first, we want to get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. just four days after suffering its most devastating natural disaster ever, japan is now potentially facing the worst nuclear accident since chernobyl. in total, there are 17 nuclear power plants across that country. this crisis largely centers around one complex. it's about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. the crippled fukushima power plant. high levels of radiation leaked from the facility this morning after a third reactor was rocked by an explosion and a fourth caught fire. in a brief address to that nation today, the country's prime minister urged calm but said there was a "very high risk of further leakage." after an emergency cabinet meeting, the japanese cabinet warned 140,000 people living within roughly 1
:30 at 5:00 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. the world is watching a small crew of technicians in japan this morning. we're being called the country's last line of defense. trying to prevent an all-out nuclear cans th nucle nuclear catastrophe. the group of 50 were forced out of the fukushima plant for nearly an hour after a dangerous spike of radiation that authorities fear put their lives at risk. one of the best descriptions came from this paper. says -- describe them as faceless crew in the times. they crawl through labyrinths of equipment and other darknesses pierced by flashlights listening for periodic explosions and wore white full body jump suits that provide scant protection from the invisible radiation sleelting through their bodies. consider that, the plight of the 50 individuals. the workers that have been dousing reactors with seawater in a frantic effort to stabilize the temperature there is are being asked to endure up to five times the maximum radiation exposure allowed for american nuclear power plants. today's elevated levels were apparently the result of yet another
politics ahead with cenk uygur. >> the rate to alert a catastrophic nuclear disaster in japan is in high gear. that meltdown could apparently be anywhere between three mile island and chernobyl in its severity. that does not sound good. we'll examine the potential fallout straight ahead. >>> but, of course, devastation is already widespread across japan more than 10,000 are dead or missing. hundreds of thousands are home will you see. with 450,000 in temporary shelters. massive domestic and international rescue and relief efforts are under way. 14 international organization and 102 countries, including afghanistan and cambodia, have offered aid. so far japan has accepted assistance from 15 of those countries, mainly in the form of search-and-rescue teams. usaid has dispafd 148 people and 12 rescue dogs. the u.s. military is integrally the relief efforts, "uss ronald reagan" is refueling, conducting search-and-rescue efforts and assisting with humanitarian air drops. that's the use of the military that we all love, helping others across the world. that's a great thing. relief teams have a
plant meltdown. northeast japan is reeling in the wake of the catastrophe. also this morning, a new york freeway is the scene of a horrific tour bus accident. at least 13 people are dead. a sober good morning to all of you. i'm alex witt. we're going to bring you more on that bus accident in just a bit. we continue with the disaster in japan. new alarming issues this morning. a japanese government official says there's no increase in radiation around a nuclear power plant after an explosion you're seeing on screen destroyed a building that housed a reactor. at the same time, officials say they fear a meltdown could be possible because two reactors at that plant have lost their cooling abilities. >>> help is on the way. today, the first wave of 50,000 troops began arriving by boats and helicopters to the hardest hit areas. japanese officials now say at least 574 people were killed in the earthquake in tsunami. however, local media reports say at least 1300 people may have died. powerful after shocks continue to shake the region. let's go live once again to tokyo. ian williams is there on
>> couric: tonight, from the air and from the ground, japan launches a water assault on those damaged nuclear reactors to try to cool them. and a voluntary evacuation of americans is under way. i'm katie couric. also tonight, president obama tries to reassure this country we are safe. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast. >> couric: libya's moammar qaddafi vows to retake all rebel-held territory as the u.n. considers military action to stop him. and from hiroshima to fukushima, her fear that japan is on the verge of another nuclear catastrophe. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. there is so much concern in this country about nuclear radiation from jay japan that president obama went on national television today to try to calm every down. he said he does not expect harmful levels of radiation from those damaged reactors to reach hawaii, alaska, or the west coast. at the same time, the united states began evacuating americ
retaliation and destabilization of the region. but first, we turn to japan. where emergency workers are feverishly trying to cool down overheating fuel rods at the earthquake and tsunami-stricken nuclear plant. a u.n. nuclear official says the situation is "very serious." but appears to be stable. for now. the u.s. authorized the first evacuations of americans out of japan and president obama says he has asked for a comprehensive review of u.s. nuclear plant safety. correspondent greg palkot is in japan with the latest. >> reporter: there were desperate measures thursday in the fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern japan. helicopters doused water on overheating reactors to avoid a catastrophic core meltdown. the facility was sprayed down with more water from fire trucks. while authorities say there is some stabilization, they admit the method had little effect in reducing temperatures at the plant. others say even if a power line reaches coolant pumps they might not work. >> this is a very severe situation. we need to keep coolings at the fuel so that it doesn't reach criticality.
. when an earthquake hit off the coast of japan today, it set off a tsunami that swept over rural and urban areas with devastating results. the 8.9 quake was the strongest in japanese history, one of the strongest anywhere on record ever. we've got the latest from japan and from experts here in america. the u.s. is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus -- so that's what it was. here's what a wisconsin senate majority leader told fox news about the battle against unions out there. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions certainly what you're going to find is president obama is going to have a much more different time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. there you have it in black and white. look for democrats to use wisconsin as a rallying cry in 2012. also, gas lines from republicans. first haley barbour suggested president obama engineered price increases in order to get americans to
libyahrain, two wars and japan all facing problems and the president's responses are getting both praise and criticism. >>> you've seen it, you felt it, gas, food, cars, prices all going up and there's a price record that's hit a three-decade record, but could it be good? >>> how much would you pay for this red tibetan mastiff, i have a hint. he's the most expensive dog in the world. i'm in for chris jansing. the united states is evacuating the citizens that want to leave japan. a united nations forecast showing a possible radioactive plume hitting southern california tomorrow. u.s. officials insist people in japan could stay 50 miles away from the fukushima daiichi plant, much farther away than what the japanese government is telling its own people. helicopters once again scrambling to dump seawater onto this complex, and at the same time workers are racing to finish building a new power line that could restart the cooling system and thus give the relief to the overheating nuclear rods that everybody has been watching. officially the death toll now stands at more than 5y 300, abo
, on japan, where it's 2:00 a.m. and the fight to head off a nuclear meltdown could go either way at this hour. welcome to "america live," everyone. i'm megyn kelly. we've been getting reports all day of growing worries about radiation levels around that damaged nuclear plant. take a look at the images just in to "america live." hundreds of men, women, children, even animals, lining up one by one, waiting to be tested for possible exposure to radiation. the doctors using special equipment to scan individuals head to toe. there are reports that u.s. military personnel aiding in relief efforts are also being exposed to radiation. meantime, a dramatic situation is playing out at the damaged nuke site. we're told that at least 50 workers being described as many as heroic are risking their own lives by staying behind to monitor the situation and try to keep cooling levels in effect. u.s. nuclear officials and international atomic energy agency warning that the safety shield surrounding the nuclear fuel may have been breached. that has more than 140,000 nearby residents locked down insi
. and we will as well. >>> back to the story that -- the radiation from the fallout in that crisis in japan. the radiation has now reached southern california. but the u.s. officials are saying it's a billion times beneath the levels that would threaten anyone's health. japanese officials raised the fukushima accident level from four to five. that means they consider it on par with our own three mile island incident. frantic efforts continue to con taint situation at the daiichi plant. the u.s. military says japan requested an unmanned high altitude reconnaissance aircraft to fly over the troubled plant. that drone is equipped with infrared sensors that can take pictures and get a better understanding what's happening inside the reactor. >>> getting aid to northeastern japan has finally gotten easier. the port of sendai partially reopened. a ship brought in a large container of supplies for hundreds of thousands of people living in shelters. a small measure now of comfort exactly a week after the disaster struck. >>> a week ago today, people rushed out of buildings as a magnitude 9.0 earthq
and strong allies in japan, as they've come to terms and wrestled with this challenging situation. most of you know that our equipment that we sent over to support them has arrived on a c-17. we sent a team of 33 additional people which were in addition to the six people we already had out there in japan. they had over 17,000 pounds of equipment with them. they've unpacked that. they've taken the two pods that do the aerial measurement of ground depositions and mounted them, one on a fixed-wing aircraft and one on a helicopter and we flew those aircraft on their first missions. we've been collecting information as they've come back. we're in the process of sharing that information with our japanese hosts and while that's still being looked at, preliminary indications are that they're consistent with the recommendations that came down from the nuclear regulatory commission. so indications are, it looks like the 50-mile evacuation was prudent. other countries around the world continue to do what they can do support the japanese as they lead this effort to address this challenge. we've had
chief for criticizing japan officials. the u.n. says, we have to wait for more news. that's what we'll do. jon: so much confusion and it doesn't help anyone. thanks for joining us. jenna: "america live" starts right now. megyn: thanks, guys, this is a fox news alert. anger and frustration intensifying in japan's nuclear crisis right now. there are new reports that u.s. forces helping in relief efforts are being ordered to stay at least 50 miles away from the crippled fukushima plant. you are looking at up-close video of the reactors, where conditions took a turn for the worse. a big jump in radiation levels forced the teams to leave the plant and abandon efforts to cool down the reactors. experts say that radiation has traveled far beyond the 20-mile radius. the pentagon assuring that u.s. forces will have to stay away unless they have special authorization. we're getting reports that evacuation shelters are running out of food and basic necessities. many victims reportedly furious over the government's response. trace gallagher picks up the story from there. trace? >> reporter: the
it for us today. i'm dylan ratigan. "hardball with chris matthews" starts right now. >>> escape from japan. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm christ matthews in washington. happy st. patrick's day. leading off tonight, high anxiety. here's how desperate it's gotten at that nuclear plant over in japan. authorities have been reduced to dumping water from helicopters and spraying water from fire trucks in a last-ditch effort to cool those spent fuel rods. in a moment, we'll hear from a nuclear power regulatory commissioner and get a report from the ground in japan. >>> also, credibility gap. the widening chasm between what the japanese government is saying and what we can believe. it happened at three mile island. it really happened at chernobyl and now it's happening at japan, officials playing down the dangers. we'll try to bridge the credibility gap tonight. >>> plus, the nuclear disaster has once again turned u.s. public opinion, obviously, against nuclear power. could have predicted that. but that hasn't stopped die-hard supporters from calling this a once-in-a-lifetime fluke
american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown fears grow. >>> line of fire. security cameras capture a dramatic shootout at a tennessee convenience store. >>> and space odyssey. astronauts unveil the international space station's newest resident. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens, and reports about the status of one of its crippled nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuations of americans out of japan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the very latest on this. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everyone. we learned overnight these will be voluntary evacuations even though the airports have opened, commercial flights are available. the u.s. state department will now be organizing charter flights out of tokyo and other locations in japan to get americans out. the u.s. believes that the radiation levels, especially around the fukushima daiich
japan. we'll have answers for you here tonight. >>> the struggle of those rebels in libya to now get the upper hand as nbc's richard engel lives through a close call on the ground. >>> making a difference. with a combination of medical expertise and a higher power. >>> and a screen gem is gone. some say the last of the true movie stars. tonight we'll remember elizabeth taylor. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we're still in the middle of an air assault on libya. really the third front the u.s. is fighting on these days. it was launched by president obama to protect civilians, he said, because gadhafi's forces were bearing down on the rebels' head quarter city of benghazi. but all those cruise missiles and bombs still haven't stopped the ground fighting. the rebels were under heavy fire today about 100 miles to the south of benghazi. and as you're about to see, our own chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, was with them and got about as close as you'd ever want to. richard is back safely in benghazi tonight and is with us
spread to other parts of japan. it does not appear that it poses any threat to either hawaii or territories or the rest of the united states. >>> andrea mitchell just sat down with secretary of state hillary clinton in cairo. what she says about the crisis in japan, the wave of revolutions in the middle east and her surprise stop today in tahrir square. >> it's very exciting and very moving. and to see where this revolution happened and all that it has meantç to the world is extraordinary for me. >>> also this hour, our exclusive with senator kirsten gillibrand. what she's calling on the president to do in terms of ending the war in afghanistan. >>> good day, everybody, i'm nora o'donnell live in washington. andrea's completed interview is straight ahead. >>> we begin with japan. first the human toll. six days after the quake and tsunami, the official figures stand at 4,164 dead. 7,843 missing. the total now more than 12,000. at the fukushima nuclear plant, workers are desperately trying to cool the reactors. two reactors are believed to have been damaged. two more are at r
the plume was coming and people were talking about it on the united states. but here in japan there are amounts that are significant enough to cause concern. as long as the reactors keep leaking, especially if it gets worse we will hear a lot of reports about contamination we. >> we will go burbank in just a second. do you have reports about what is being done to get the leaking nuclear reactors under control? do you know the latest? >> today has been the most encouraging news yet. there is electricity at two of the reactors and they are going to start in the next few hours to see if they can turn the pumps back on. and one of the reactors, the fire trucks we have seen, shot enough water, 1500 gallons of it today alone to fill up the tanks and cover the damaged fuel rods. that's big. and even bigger at two other reactors, diesel power generators have got the circulating system up and running. and that is actually brought measured temperatures down. so officials have cautiously optimistic that they are beginning to get this thing under control. and it's a race against time beca
japan, as danger levels remain high at the crippled nuclear plant. this, despite new attempts by military helicopters to cool off the plant's overheated reactors and fuel rods. the top u.s. nuclear regulator says conditions at the plant are much worse than japanese officials say, and recommend that americans stay 50 miles away. and this morning, there are questions about nearly two dozen u.s. nuclear reactors with the very same design "early" this thursday morning, march 17th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. scenes from earlier. military choppers japanese military helicopters, chinooks dropping sea water on this nuclear plant. again, a part of this last-ditch effort to bring sea water in to help cool down these fuel pools, and also the nuclear rods there at this facility. >> that is the effort from the sky. we're also hearing from water cannons on the ground as they try to bring things in there. we're also learning this morning that the pentagon is sending in teams to assess the situat
, this comes after another long day as authorities in japan were using unconventional means that i was just telling you about in their desperate race to cool down the rea reactors and it keeps the crisis in fukushima from spiraling out of control. helicopters with water and trucks with watt thor cannons were sent in to spray the reactor but none of that worked until we got the power reconnected. they couldn't even get within 50 yards of the plant with the water cannons. the head sounded the alarm that water at reactor number four had dried up and that's why we were so concerned. also today efforts were zeroed in on reactor number three and it keeps switching around as to which is the worst every day. this video was released by the tokyo electric power company showing a flyover the crippled fukushima plant. now you can see there is some major structural damage, to say the least. so maybe that's part of the reason they were in such bad shape. now authorities are just trying to keep control of the situation while they work to restore the power to the reactors. that's what they've been trying t
scenes out of a disaster film. today in japan, it set off scenes of destruction. it set up a tsunami with devastating results. there was an 8.9 richter scale quake. the strongest in japan's history. one of the strongest anywhere on record ever. we'll get the latest from experts and the united states is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus, so what's that what it was. here's what wisconsin's senate majority leader said. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the union, certainly what you're going to find is president obama's going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. well, there you have it in black and white. but for democrats to use that little thought from that senate leader as a rallying cry in 2012. they've admitted it's about politics, about beating the president. also, gas lines from republicans. first, haley barbour suggested that president obama engineer price increases
at the reactor. >> we begin with the japan situation. it's apocalyptic >> the aftershocks unsettling people for a fourth day. >> the ground is still shaking and the danger is still growing. >> about 10 minutes ago, we were shaken pretty good here in downtown tokyo. >> no food, water, heat, or shelter. >> 10% of the food and water they need. >> for it was just the wake they would have gotten on their feet, but the tsunami knocked it over the edge. >> the shoreline, 1,000 bodies washed up today. >> the focus is on search and rescue. >> i want to reiterate how heartbroken we are. >> the disaster is compounded by a potential for a nuclear nightmare. >> the threat to survivors is getting worse. two nuclear plants are dangerously hot. >> a second hydrogen explosion rocked the plant. >> at the puck shimma nuclear plant, reactors 1 and 3 are in melt down. >> it's very telling for the ship that far out was detecting radiation. >> a fear of nuclear melt down is spreading to american politics and the debate over energy. >> senators are weighing in on nuclear power. >> we are willing to look at nuclear
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from japan's meltdown blows toward the u.s. and we are live inside the exclusion zone around chernobyl, still the site of the worst nuclear power plant. what it's like a quarter century later. >>> just moments ago libya's foreign minister said libya has decided to halt all military operations to "protect civilians" in line with the u.n. no-fly decision. they say the cease-fire will "take the country back to safety and ensure security for all libyans." we'll have much more on the u.n. decision, as well as libya's cease-fire declaration coming up this half-hour. >>> in japan, it is one week since the earthquake, then the tsunami which devastated the country's northeast. the death toll stands at 6,539. more than 10,000 people are still missing. >>> new video shows the extensive damage at the fukushima nuclear plant, multiple reactors now in danger of overheighting. one of the spent fuel pools may be even cracked. officials are considering burying the fuel rods in sand to prevent a wider catastrophe but the bigger dangerest may be at reactor three which contains plutonium. high intensity h
at the pentagon. >>> let's go to japan where fears continue to spread, the death toll continues to client. today marks one week after the massive earthquake and the devastating tsunami which battered the country. 6,911 are confirmed dead and another 10,000 are still missing. survivors across japan observed a moment of silence today at the exact time that the quake struck. many still wearing face masks, many of them still in shock. a lot of the survivors are huddling in nearby shelters. japanese media reporting some 380,000 people in shelters. what makes matters worse, some of the shelters with without power and facing freezing temperatures. some survivors are returning home for the first time since the tsunami like this retired firefighter. he lost his home and entire family. >> translator: my wife, my son's family and four grandchildren. i lost them all. >> as for the nuclear crisis, things are not looking much better in fukushima. japan's nuclear agency raised the crisis level on the damaged planted there. you're looking at it, from a four to a five. that raises it to the same level as three m
tougher attacks if he did nothing. >>> regulators in japan ignored safety warnings in one reactor and botched insus, are we competent the inspection system in this country is any better? >>> donald trump foreign policy. cheat moammar gadhafi out of his money. >>> we start with a deepening crisis in libya. nbc news chief correspondent richard engel standing by in benghazi, libya. the latest on theç ground. yesterday are you were pessimistic about the rebel force. some who have military training aren't using it. any better sign of their ability to move on tripoli today? >> reporter: no, still they are untrained and they don't have the capability to really take territory. this is something that the rebels themselves realize. i was speaking with some of the leaders of this revolt tonight and they were quite despondent. they are starting to look for outside help. they want military advisors on the ground from the united states. they said they are willing to hire them if necessary. but they recognize that if they don't get their acts together they are not going to be able to advance t
and frayed nerves. the latest from japan. how is the radiation in that country now different from what you absorb every day? and they put the squeeze on pro-democracy demonstrators and a look at where the obama administration stands. live from the studio in washington. this is "special report." i'm bret baier. the news from japan continues to be mostly bad. but there was a positive note today, as the owner of the crippled nuclear plant says the new power line is almost done that will enable the restart of electric powered pumps and possibly a solution to the overheating crisis. elevated radiation levels have been detected outside the 20-mile emergency perimeter. the head of the u.s. nuclear agency says there is no more water in the spent fuel pool at the reactor plant. greg palkot is live in teak owe where it's just -- tokyo where it's just after 7:00 in the morning. good morning, greg. what does this mean? >> hey, bret. it's actually pretty serious. in fact, one of the worst case scenarios that have been bandied about. if true, the rods could get hotter and hotter and meltdown and shower
on libya coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe." >>> exactly one week after japan's quake and tsunami, a frantic effort is underway to stem the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. the complex's third unit is the main priority since water there is thought to be dangerously low. in a possible setback today, smoke rose from one of the buildings as crews worked to reconnect power to critical systems. the international atomic energy agency is reporting the severity rating of the nuclear crisis has been raised from 4 to 5, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst that would suggest a level of seriousness on par with the three mile accident in the united states in 1979. up to 64 tons of water was dropped in the overreheated reactors yesterday. and the agency says a cable has been restored to the cooling pumps at the second reactor in the plant. throughout the week the japanese government has been criticized about poor communication and the situation. for now the government says it has no plans to expand its mandatory 12-mile exclusion zone around the plant. for more on the
of intervention? >>> and disaster in japan. exhausted engineers struggle to get power restored at the country's crippled nuclear reactors. in the hopes of avoiding a meltdown. meanwhile, high levels of radiation begin to show up in food in japan, as the country's prime minister urges his people to show courage in the wake of their unspeakable tragedy. we'll have those stories "early" this saturday morning, march we'll have those stories "early" this saturday morning, march 19th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> new york city waking up to a sunny saturday morning. the last saturday before spring begins. welcome to "the early show." i'm rebecca jarvis. >> and i'm russ mitchell. two major stories to get to this morning. we begin with libya. this morning libyan forces loyal to moammar gadhafi entered the outskirts of benghazi in eastern libya. opposition forces shot down a warplane that was bombing the city. the warfare continues as the libyan government denies its forces atacked benghazi and said it is observing a cease-fire. president obama warned mr. gadhafi must -- >> let me be clear. these
>>> wild weather this weekend in the bay area! more is on the way. and a crisis in japan gets even more critical as radiation seeps into food and the water supplies. and crews respond to a huge early morning fire in the east bay. >>> good morning. welcome to mornings on 2. it's saturday, march 19th. a wild weekend of weather is ahead of us after really what has already been a pretty wild 24 hours. we have a crew at one of our hardest hit areas, but let's check in first with rosemary to see what is happening right now. >> good morning to you! a lull in what we're looking at for the weekend. we had wild weather yesterday, the thunderstorms we know we had a small tornado in one of our local areas. but we do continue with this weather. getting a little break but a high wind watch expected to move into places overnight. yesterday we saw the gusts reaching 40 miles per hour. they could reach 60 in the overnight hours and tomorrow. we're also tracking radar, little light rain falling in some areas and we'll show you the very latest on that and when we expect the heaviest rain with this ne
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